Wheat stubble can be an excellent seedbed in which to no-till plant forages, particularly if you're preparing to start planting immediately after wheat harvest, while soil water is available and before weeds get a foothold.
A survey of fields in south central, southeast, and northeast Nebraska shows wheat diseases increasing in severity and occurrence. Stripe rust and leaf rust have developed to severe levels in fields plant with susceptible varieties that weren't sprayed to protect the flag leaf.
Nebraska's 2017 winter wheat crop is forecast at 46.5 million bushels, down 34% from last year's crop, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Nationally, winter wheat production is up less than 1%.
For the week ending June 4, with warmer temperatures and rain limited to the western Panhandle, planting progressed with 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the June 5 report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
For the week ending May 28, cool and mostly dry conditions prevailed, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average temperatures ranged from three to nine degrees below normal. Some areas of the Panhandle and southeast Nebraska received up to an inch of rain; however, much of the state remained dry.
In a survey of wheat fields and research plots in south central and southeast Nebraska on May 24-25, stripe rust was the predominant fungal disease found. Its increase is due to the rainfall and cool temperatures that have prevailed during the last two weeks.